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consoled by his mother, richmond turned to the family of the 16-year-old girl he and mays were convicted of sexually assaulting and begged for forgiveness. >> i'd like to apologize to you. i had no intentions to do anything like that. and i'm sorry to put you guys through this. that's just not -- >> reporter: prosecutors had argued the victim was too drunk to consent. in an exclusive interview with abc news, elizabeth vargas asked richmond if he was ready for the verdict. >> if even if i'm found not guilty, it's still going to haunt me because of the way my name was bashed. all the negativity on my name. so, really, it doesn't matter. >> it doesn't matter? >> no opinion. >> what kinds of things -- what was the most hurtful things people were saying about you? >> that you should hang them. >> they should hang them? >> yeah. >> reporter: the case ignited a national firestorm on social media, when this picture of mays and richmond carrying the victim was shared online.
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dozens of text messages were used as evidence, including this text from mays to the victim after the alleged assault. mays writes, so, you guys aren't making us go to court or anything, right? or pressing charges? to which she replies, in part, so, the only reason you're even apologizing is to see if i'm pressing charges? >> the key evidence in this case was a photograph that was sent out on social media. text messages, that were sent by the defendant. >> reporter: those texts and images compounding the victims' pain, while giving prosecutors more evidence. >> i think we have to be very careful not to suggest that the problem was social media. social media is, in many ways, what led to the result here. >> reporter: with the trial behind them, this small town now looking forward. >> social media can be a very dangerous thing if people don't understand the consequences and the widespread effects of social media. >> reporter: the way the charges break down, mays faces a minimum of two years at a juvenile detention center.
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and richmond faces at least a year. but depending on their behavior, they could both be held until age 21. richmond's attorney says they do plan to appeal. david? >> alex perez tonight. alex, our thanks to you. you saw my "20/20" co-anchor, elizabeth vargas, there. her exclusive interview, part of an hour special, on the steubenville case. the ripple effect it could have across this country. that's on this week's "20/20," friday night. in the meantime, to the sudden and quick-moving wildfire that wiped out an entire neighborhood. tonight, the devastating images from myrtle beach, south carolina. neighbors like this woman, watching helplessly as the blaze ripped through the homes there beyond the trees. 26 condo buildings, that's more than 100 units, gone. this woman on the phone, as neighbors, tonight, gather in emergency shelters. and abc's steve osunsami, with our coverage of a community in crisis tonight. >> reporter: the families who lived in this large condo and apartment community in myrtle beach were just sitting down to
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dinner. >> i ran and started banging on doors to the buildings that were on fire. and trying to get people out. >> reporter: all of a sudden last night, a brush fire that firefighters were struggling to contain in the woods nearby was spreading to their homes. the high and dry winds helping to move the flames across a road. 26 buildings and more than 100 units were burning to the ground. and people here were running for their lives. >> by the time i got my child and my two animals out that i could save, my cousin downstairs. by the time we backed out, the condo right past me was already gone. and it was going up the back steps of mine. >> reporter: dozens of families lost everything. >> i don't know what's next. this is the first time this ever happened to me. and we just got to go step by step. the worst is when your kids look you in the face and you don't know what to tell them. you don't have an answer for them. >> reporter: authorities tell us it's the worst fire they've seen in years. and amazingly, it appears no resident was hurt. tonight, they're searching through what's left of the homes to make sure. >> it was very scary. i've never been through
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something like that before. we had literally a matter of 15 minutes to get out. >> reporter: they've set up shelters for more than 160 people who've been left homeless. >> the building is gone, the car is gone, important documents gone, old photos, family photos, family videos for the past 15 years. >> reporter: investigators are still trying to figure out what sparked the brush fire. but say the dry windy conditions continue tonight. steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. >> feel so badly for those families. our thanks to steve tonight. we wanted to bring in abc meteorologist ginger zee tonight. you've been tracking this. two major weather headlines tonight. first, those fires. this seems awfully early. the conditions so ripe. >> they are. they had 30-mile-per-hour winds yesterday. and today, still very breezy. it will get a little bit better. we've been dealing with drought from there back to parts of the west. of course, extreme drought. i want to give you an idea of what's happening here. new mexico has been dealing with it all day. colorado, nebraska and kansas with red flag warnings tomorrow. >> the other major headline tonight, the two systems that are going to merge just into this workweek. >> people are saying, isn't spring supposed to start this
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wednesday? they're right. 7:02 eastern time, it starts. but you wouldn't know it in the north dakota/south dakota area. minneapolis going to see a little snow out of this. but very gusty winds. and another low takes all the energy. goes up the east coast. more snow for new england. and it's two tiers. we have a severe weather threat that starts tonight, from little rock to memphis. nashville, birmingham, jackson, chattanooga and just west of atlanta tomorrow, all with 70-mile-per-hour winds possible, isolated tornadoes, too. >> tonight, monday, tuesday, very difficult weather across the country. ginger, thank you. we turn overseas tonight. and on this sunday, hundreds of thousands of worshipers packed st. peter's square, to hear pope francis deliver his inaugural blessing. delighting the crowd with a prayer he delivered without anything written down. and beforehand, he ventured into the crowd to greet well-wishers face-to-face. security trailing him. the people of rome reveling in that very human moment. but back in the pope's home country of argentina, tonight, this sunday brought headlines about the pope's past. abc's matt gutman from argentina, this evening.
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>> reporter: the pictures in this battered leather suitcase are all estella has left. no. she says. they kidnapped seven of my family members. they took everything, including her sister, who was five months pregnant. it was 1977. just days after elena gave birth. her infant daughter, named anna, was ripped from her and given away. elena was later killed. so, estella's family turned to the one person they were told could help locate baby anna and elena, pope francis. then, the top jesuit in argentina. father bergoglio, allegedly told them the one thing he could do was write this note, referring them to a priest, associated with the brutal dictatorship, the junta, which tortured and killed up to 30,000 people from 1976 to 1983.
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but so many of the atrocities were perpetrated in plain sight, right here, in the heart of buenos aires. children were kidnapped and their parents were kept here, hooded and shackled? >> yes. >> reporter: we toured the site. they were hooded and dragged down the stairs where they were tortured in that basement for days. sometimes months on-end. 5,000 people were brought down there. just over 100 lived to tell about it. two of them, the pope's own jesuit priests. they later accused him of complicity. in that 2010 testimony, the pope said he acted immediately. and in a moment of desperation, did his best to save them. estella claims he had the power to help her family. but didn't. indignation about him. as recently as last month, a human rights tribunal found the church complicit in some of the atrocities, with priests even blessing torture chambers, like this one. david? >> the new pope, facing some critics back home. our thanks to matt gutman, tonight. and to another appearance this sunday. this one very unexpected, the
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glamorous wife of syria's president, bashar al assad. the first public appearance of asma al assad. her first public appearance in more than two years. she and her children have been hiding. alex marquardt on why she ventured outdoors in damascus. >> reporter: in the rare public appearance captured in these photos, asma al assad seems the quintessential first lady. elegant, adored, caring. it was a fund-raiser for the mothers of syrian soldiers, killed in the two-year civil war. 37-year-old mrs. assad had hardly been seen since last year. until then, she'd been a darling of the west. a fluent english speaker born in london, educated in prestigious english schools. her marriage to president bashar al assad had raised hopes for reform. >> many changes have happened. many positive changes have happened. but we haven't reached our final destination. >> reporter: days before the uprising started, "vogue" magazine published a glowing profile, calling her a rose in the desert.
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>> asma al assad worked very hard for a period of 11 years to promote an image of princess diana. she's now nothing more than the wife of a dictator. >> reporter: a small group of rebels is now being trained by the u.s. military in neighboring jordan. and the rebels got a boost this weekend when a top syrian general defected to their side. he had been in charge of the syrian army's logistics. david? >> alex, our thanks to you. back to this country and to the economy, now. on the eve of another week for the dow, many baby-boomers who rode the rollercoaster, finally seeing a recovery. the dow is finishing a ten-day rally. this is where it will end up in the morning, just over 14,500 points. and tonight, abc's bianna golodryga, tonight, with a couple you met right here on "world news." staying the course worked. >> reporter: family vacations it's what bill and kathy lived for. and what they were planning on when they invested in their 401(k). but like so many others, their nest egg took a hard fall in
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2008. when we talked to them in january, they had gotten some good news. >> my retirement went crash. and the recovery has been fantastic. >> reporter: and today? >> 401(k)s have done very well since january. you're up probably around 10%-plus, in a lot of accounts. >> reporter: their accounts have doubled. some tripled since 2009, which means more family vacations. and they're not alone. with the dow having its best run in 16 years. >> starting from an environment where people thought the u.s. economy was really just done forever, we've now had a wonderful bull market appear out of nowhere. >> reporter: and all those nest eggs? the recession shrunk the average 401(k) from a high of just over $67,000 in 2007, to just over $46,000 in 2009. but that average has rebounded to more than $77,000 in 2012. experts say that everyday
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americans, like the wolters, got it right, leaving their 401(k) intact, riding out the market swing. as painful as that can be. would you suggest that people just not pay attention to that number every day? >> absolutely not. for a 10-year, 20-year 401(k), stay in the market long-term, you should be fine. >> reporter: bianna golodryga, abc news, new york. >> our thanks to bianna. there's much more ahead on "world news" this sunday evening. a major development, a clue that might explain why that jumbo jet vanished in the atlantic. what we've now learned about the pilot. and then, later this evening, the mystery washing up along the american coastline tonight. hundreds of starving baby sea lions. but what they're doing tonight to help save them. [ male announcer ] at his current pace, bob will retire when he's 153, which would be fine if bob were a vampire. but he's not. ♪ he's an architect with two kids and a mortgage.
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only two years later would the flight recorder be found, showing the plane crashed from equipment problems that disengaged the autopilot in a storm. leaving a young, insufficiently trained crew unable to manually fly the plane. and this weekend, a french news magazine, "le point," reporting shortly after take off, the pilot said in the cockpit. i didn't sleep enough last night. one hour. it's not enough. in fact, the pilot was on a rest break when the trouble started. he returned to find chaos in the cockpit. french authorities have refused to release the entire black box transcript. abc's elizabeth vargas questioned the decision. >> why did you leave parts out? >> well, you know, you have some personal conversations that is not useful to understand the accident. >> but it's not personal. >> well, maybe. >> reporter: if true, the sleep deprivation report raises new concerns about why it was not part of the original
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we're going to turn, now, to our "instant index" here on a sunday night. we're off to a flying start, you could say. two daredevils wearing wings. this time in rio. check this out. the norwegian duo taking off at daybreak, wearing their wingsuits. the two are soaring like birds over the city. and right towards a small opening, between two skyscrapers. so close as they go through the buildings. unbelievable. unexpected winds could have been a big problem for them. that flight, tonight, going viral. to england on this st. patrick's day, where duchess kate middleton is making a surprising revelation. it turns out, kate has her fingers crossed, she is hoping to have a boy. kate mentioned this to an irish
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guard while presenting with shamrocks before a parade. she went on to say that while the royal couple still doesn't know the baby's gender, prince william, tonight, is hoping for a girl. they have not decided on any names. the baby, due july 1st. now, to the girl scout cookie caper we reported on last night. so many viewers to the rescue. the portland, oregon, troop so excited after they thought they sold 6,000 boxes of cookies in 1 order. then, they learned they had been duped. it was all a prank. it was little erin we all heard from. >> it makes me feel sad because i thought somebody really bought 6,000 cookies. but they really didn't. >> we checked back in tonight. troop leaders say they've sold 3,000 boxes of the 6,000. they received 400 e-mails from people wanting to help after the story. they can't ship cookies. but you can buy them anyway and have them donated to a portland homeless shelter. that's what many of you are doing to help. so many of you tweeting me asking how you can help. we put the information on just click on "world news." let's help the scouts. when we come back on "world news," the mystery along america's coastline this evening.
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>> they do look so cute. but they have a bite ten-times greater than a pit bull. >> reporter: wallerstein normally rescues 200 sea lion peps in an entire year. but now, the animals are beaching themselves in unprecedented numbers. tell me about this year. >> this year, it's been an alarmingly high number of rescues. done 200 rescues since january 1st. >> reporter: the animals are showing up all over southern california beaches, skinny and starving. scientists say they don't know exactly why. they do know for some reason there simply isn't enough food for the sea lions to eat. >> commercial bait finishmen friends of mine, says there's no bait in the water. no anchovies, no sardines, no mackerel, the kind of food these animals eat. >> reporter: just seconds after we finished our interview, another call. >> tower four, santa monica, baby seal, very young. eyes are barely open. >> reporter: peter carefully
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moves in. this is already peter's fifth rescue of the day. >> the bodies will keep each other warm. they're both severely hyperthermic. >> reporter: rescue shelters are filling up with tired, huddled masses of sea lion pups. so far this year, more than 500. so, their chances are what? >> chances are great right now. >> reporter: until experts figure out what's going on with the sea lions, rescuers will be on the beach, trying to save them. clayton sandell, abc news, santa monica, california. >> the ones that have been saved are doing great. that's our broadcast for this sunday night. "good morning america" first thing in the morning. and diane, right back here tomorrow night. good night.
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>> next at 6:00, happening right now. giant plume of smoke as a fire burns near antioch. why crews are not battling this one. >> two people killed including a bay area teenager in a tragic racecar accident. a scare for shoppers as a car careens out of control into a store in the middle of the day. abc7 news at 6:00 saturdays right now. >> carolyn: good evening. happening now, fire is burning out of control near antioch and no one is putting it out. this is a live picture from the view from mt. tam mall pies. -- tamalpais. the fire is burning on sherman island where the sacramento and san walk -- sawn joaquin rivers
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come together. cal fire is not going to commit resources to the eye fire. the island is ininlab -- uninhabited. >> leigh: you can see the column of smoke is going straight up, which means there's not a lot of wind. the higher sell vagues, -- elevations, sheering off and it starting to drift, moving southwest, five to eight miles-per-hour. so areas that could be affected by this smoke and the ash, apt york, pittsburg, oakly, boy ron, discovery bay, brentwood, and livermore valley area. hopefully this will dissipate quickly and move out. but in terms of wind speed, three to five miles-per-hour above mt. diablo.
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we had rain in the accuweather seven-day forecast. that's in a bit. >> carolyn: we're learning new details about the deadly crash at a racetrack near sacramento. a teenager from santa rosa and a man from grass valley were killed when a car driven careened out of control and into the pit. thomas roman is live in santa rosa with the story. reporter: we learned that 14-year-old marcus johnson was also a sprint car driver. this memorial to him at his father's muffler shop has been growing since neighbors and friends learned of his death. the communities have been devastated by the tragedy. the start of the civil war sprint car series took a tragic turn friday night. in a practice run chase johnson lost control. kylely bumpus watched the car leave the track. >> we had

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